Neck Curvature: Big Deal? Pain Is.02/09/2016Kyphosis. Lordosis. Curves. Normal curves. Reversed curves. Painful curves. Non-painful curves. What are the kind that get your attention? The painful ones. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc's, too. Three out of 4 people experience neck pain at some point in life. (1) And neck pain is expensive in terms of missing work and paying for care. (2,3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees Fort Wayne patients who have neck pain, and sometimes Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will find a spinal curve alteration as well. What’s the main goal for you when your neck hurts? The right curve or pain relief? Most of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients go for the pain relief. Sound familiar? So, let’s start with a discussion of the cervical spine curve. A normal cervical spine is lordotic, a c-shaped curve toward the back. A “clinically normal" range for cervical lordosis is reported to be 31 degrees to 40 degrees. Researchers report that a curve of less than 20 degrees is tied to neck pain. (4) Another study concluded that a kyphotic curving – a curve that curves the opposite direction of the c-shaped lordotic spinal curve - of the cervical spine was not associated with neck pain. (5) Chiropractors could look to maintain the curve between 31 and 40 degrees, but neck pain relief is often the more highly regarded clinical outcome. Now, a recent study compared the curve of patients’ cervical spines who had mild, non-specific neck pain to health volunteers with no neck pain before and after a course of treatment. First of all, the curves between healthy and painful neck patients were the same! Secondly, would spinal manipulation treatment change the lordosis, the normal curvature of the neck, as well as relieve pain? In this study, the curve remained the same. (6) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc and most of our Fort Wayne patients regard relief of neck pain a worthy goal of chiropractic treatment. So contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc when your neck hurts. There are issues that may arise from an abnormal cervical spine, so we can check those out. And, of course, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will check the curve of your neck before more importantly Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc setting the Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan appropriate to relieve any neck pain you have.« View All Spine Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."